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First Line: In the june twilight, we looked without knowing why
Last Line: Where shadows leave the breast and fly away.
Alternate Author Name(s): Morgan, Emanuel
Subject(s): Evening; June; Sunset; Twilight


In the June twilight, we looked without knowing why
At the peaked gable of a corner house;
And while we looked, a hundred bats flew out
From the patterned eaves over the beach and the lake;
And as soon as they had wavered high out of sight,
Came other hundreds at nine intervals:
Like black leaves dropping and gathered up again
In their own wind, and blown to the setting sun.

After the firm birds of water and the bright birds of trees,
After the transparent golden air of day,
It is magical to see a host of shadows
Trembling upward over the mountain-top,
Or hovering past a balconied window at midnight
And flaking singly toward a mottled moon.
Even the bats are beautiful in Chapala
Where shadows leave the breast and fly away.





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